Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Prepare for professional practice as a registered nurse in the complex and constantly evolving healthcare environment of today. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career with countless job opportunities and a variety of career paths. Nurses are hands-on healthcare professionals who provide personalized care and utilize a combination of love of science and helping people.
Learn from experienced faculty who provide guidance in a hands-on, team-based environment. Care for multiple patients in a sophisticated simulation lab and at partnering healthcare agencies. Be equipped for the national licensure examination and enter the workforce while obtaining an optional bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The Central Wyoming College Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by the Wyoming State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Potential Limits To Receiving Licensure
Admissions occur once per year and classes begin in the fall semester. The application period is November 1 thru March 1. It is your responsibility to verify that all the required documentation is received by the appropriate deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Admission Eligibility Requirements
- Admission to Central Wyoming College. Application to the college and application to the nursing program are separate processes and both must be completed.
- Minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. For program admission consideration, GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing at CWC. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
- Completion of prerequisite courses.
- Nursing application on file in the nursing office on or before March 1.
- ATI TEAS score available prior to March 1. The ATI TEAS test must be taken prior to March 1 and a total score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved.
Prerequisite Courses for Admission
Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee automatic admission to the program. Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in the spring semester during the selection process may be offered conditional admission, but must demonstrate successful completion of courses prior to May 31.
Prerequisites may be taken at CWC or any regionally accredited institution of higher education and include:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- College Algebra (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
- UNST* (1 credit)
*Students who have a minimum of 12 college credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA are exempt.
Official transcripts from each college or university attended should be electronically sent to email@example.com or faxed to 1-307-855-2092. (This does not include transcripts for coursework completed at CWC.) Official transcripts may also be directly mailed in a sealed envelope to
Central Wyoming College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501
Transcripts must be received no later than March 1 for courses to be considered in point calculations for admission consideration in the current cycle.
For courses in progress at the time of application in the spring semester, official transcripts showing course completion must be available in the CWC records office by May 31. If you are repeating a course in the spring semester, the previously earned grade is used in point calculations for admission consideration in the current cycle.
The college registrar and nursing director review transcripts to determine transfer credit eligibility. Evaluations may take several weeks to complete and results are sent to
the student’s CWC email account.
Clinical Record Requirements
Once admitted to the program, the student must provide official documentation of each of the requirements listed below. All requirements must remain current throughout enrollment in the program. A detailed checklist is provided upon acceptance to the program.
- A criminal background check from the designated vendor at www.cwcbackground.com
- Drug test
- HeartCode® Basic Life Support Certification by the American Heart Association
- Immunizations: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza
Online Nursing Applications for Fall 2020 Admission are Accepted
November 1 through March 1.
Applications must be received by 11:59pm (MST)
on the application deadline.
Late applications are not accepted.
Before you begin the nursing application, be sure you have reviewed and understand the ‘Admission Requirements and Prerequisites’ in the menu above. Nursing program admission decisions are based on the fulfillment of these requirements.
Carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application and pay close attention to accuracy in your online responses. Once your application is submitted, it will be held for review by the nursing selection committee. Applicants are notified of committee decisions in early April for the fall start.
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Each year, 32 students are selected to enter the program on the main campus in Riverton, and 8 students are selected for the outreach campus in Jackson, Wyoming. Because we have more applicants than available clinical spaces, acceptance to the program is competitive and enrollment is controlled. Applicants are evaluated based on a two-tier system.
Tier I: Application Evaluation and Scoring
In Tier I, applicants are evaluated and ranked using a 100-point system. Points are earned in the following areas:
- College grade point average. A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required. GPA is calculated using only the courses required for the ADN degree at CWC. All courses required for the degree must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Courses in progress in the spring semester during the selection process are excluded from GPA calculation. GPA is calculated to the hundredth place and is not rounded.
- ATI® TEAS score. A total score of 58.7% or higher must be achieved for program admission eligibility.
- Bonus points for work experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Ten points may be added to the admission points total for applicants who meet the following criteria:
• Current CNA licensure listed on the Wyoming State Board of Nursing registry.
• Current, uninterrupted employment for at least one year as a CNA providing direct patient care for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
To receive bonus points, a letter verifying current employment must be written on company letterhead and sent directly from a human resources official at the employing agency to the CWC nursing office at 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501 prior to the March 1 program application deadline. Documentation must include job title, hours worked per week, date of hire, and verification of current employment. The employer’s contact information must also be included for validation purposes. There are no exceptions to this provision. Other types of healthcare experience or part-time work as a CNA do not qualify for bonus points toward admission.
Total points are calculated using a weighted formula:
- GPA is converted to a percentage and is weighted 40%
- TEAS score is weighted 60%
- Both numbers are added to determine total points
Tier II: Post-Selection Requirements
Applicants offered admission to the program must meet the following requirements by May 31.
- Cleared criminal background check from the designated vendor at www.cwcbackground.com.
- Required immunization records on file in the nursing office at the college.
- Successful completion of required courses in progress in the spring semester, and official transcripts available in the CWC records office showing course completion.
Full admission is contingent upon completion of Tier II requirements. Students offered admission will receive instructions from the nursing office for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to meet requirements by May 31 will result in a rescinded admission offer.
All applicants are notified of Nursing Admission Committee decisions via postal service 4-6 weeks after the March 1 application deadline and will receive a letter of acceptance, an offer for placement on the alternate list, or a letter of non-acceptance. An alternate list is maintained for each cohort in the event an applicant declines acceptance. Students ranked on the alternate list will be notified if an opening occurs in the current admission cycle.
An applicant who is notified of acceptance must return the acceptance reply form in order to reserve a position in the class. If an accepted applicant decides to withdraw their application, notification of withdrawal must be received by the nursing office in a timely manner. Failure to notify the nursing office of intent to withdraw application may affect future consideration for admission.
Students who are not accepted to the program but are interested in re-applying must complete the nursing admission application prior to the March 1 deadline in the next admission cycle and submit official college transcripts reflecting coursework completed since the last application, if applicable.
The CWC nursing program is a 66 credit program of study leading to an associate degree in nursing.
General Education and Support Courses
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|English Composition II||3|
|American & WY Government||3|
Professional Nursing Courses
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|Pharmacology in Health Promotion||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Chronic Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Chronic Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Acute Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Acute Illness||1|
|Professional Nursing Care of the Patient with Complex Illness||8|
|Pharmacology in Complex Illness||1|
Once accepted, the professional component of the program is designed to be completed in two academic years (four semesters). Enrolled students must complete the required nursing courses in the exact sequence. The recommended ADN Program of Study is designed to help students with long-range planning. Students should work with their academic advisor in planning their schedule.
The on-campus nursing classroom is a state-of-the-art teaching space that is equipped for distance delivery by means of video conferencing technology allowing real-time interaction with students and faculty at an outreach site in Jackson, Wyoming. All nursing courses have an online classroom to handle announcements, topic outlines, discussion boards, and other communication from the faculty. Student response systems allow for enhanced participation during class and provide instructors with instant feedback related to student understanding of content.
Active classroom learning strategies used to assist the student in meeting outcomes include team-based learning activities, case studies, group work, demonstration and return demonstration, practice worksheets, concept mapping, textbooks and eResources, and ATI online products.
Team-based learning is an instructional approach designed around modules that are presented in a three-step cycle: student out-of-class preparation and review, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise. An appeals process encourages students to review the material, evaluate their understanding, and defend the choice they made. This approach to learning fosters the development of high-level thinking skills and brings real-world meaning to content explored in the classroom.
Simulation and Skills Laboratories
The simulation and skills laboratories present a sophisticated and innovative learning environment in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice. The simulation lab is occupied by life-size mannequins, from infant through adult, that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions that nurses are likely to see in a real patient care setting. The labs are fully furnished with supplies and equipment to create a realistic hospital environment.
High-fidelity clinical simulations are integrated throughout the curriculum and used in conjunction with a variety of direct patient care experiences. Simulated learning experiences provide realistic and challenging scenarios to assist students in developing clinical judgment and decision-making skills. These scenarios allow students to respond to patient situations and learn correct interventions in a controlled environment, thereby decreasing risks inherent in practicing skills on live patients. A debriefing area allows for discussions and reflective learning following a simulated learning experience.
Direct Patient Care Clinical
Classroom instructors also teach in direct patient care clinical areas in local communities, which bridges classroom content with practical application in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the first semester of the program and continue throughout. Each core nursing course has a clinical component whereby students are placed in a clinical environment and engage in learning experiences where they provide direct care to patients under the close supervision of a nursing professional. Our main objective is the careful selection of community agencies whose clinical opportunities meet the goals of the nursing program. The program offers students the advantage of a variety of clinical settings and nursing environments to complete the required clinical hours.
Most testing is done is a computer laboratory to resemble the style and format of the national licensing examination.
Technology Enhanced Learning
The program fosters the use of innovative and emerging teaching strategies and technologies to engage students in the learning process. Students accepted to the program must be computer literate and have high-speed Internet access. Students must supply a mobile device that is small enough to fit into the uniform pocket and capable of supporting the required products. The college uses Canvas Learning Management System to deliver hybrid and online course content.
Technology is integrated into the nursing curriculum in a variety of ways, including
- downloadable mobile apps
- audience response systems
- electronic health records
- interface with the online classroom
- simulation management platform to manage, operate and report simulation activities in the lab
Enrolled nursing students may be considered for program-specific scholarships, provided they meet stated criteria and complete the CWC scholarship application prior to March 1. The online CWC scholarship application is available November 1 thru March 1 and must be completed annually. Some scholarship awards also require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the CWC financial aid office.
In addition, Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) funding may be available to assist with educational expenses for qualifying students. The FAFSA is used to determine WYIN funding. Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students are provided contact information for a servicing agent to begin the WYIN loan application process.
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- National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for 2019 spring graduates: 97%
- Program completion rate for 2019 spring graduates: 79.5%
- Job placement rate for 2019 spring graduates: 100%
- Average cumulative GPA for students entering the program in fall 2019: 3.41
- Average TEAS score for students entering the program in fall 2019: 78.13%
Additional Opportunities in Nursing
Opportunities exist for licensed practical nurses with current unencumbered licenses to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program with advanced standing. Interested applicants should contact the nursing director.
- Applicants must have active certification as a licensed practical nurse.
- Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CWC and the nursing program.
- Applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle. A minimum total score of 58.7% must be achieved. The TEAS may be repeated once (total of two attempts) during the academic year to improve the score. Only passing scores achieved within two years of the application deadline in the current admission cycle are considered.
- Applicants are required to take the PN Comprehensive Predictor test prior to March 1 for fall entry in the current admission cycle and must score at or above the national mean of 69.1%.
- Applicants who achieve the required score on the PN Predictor are awarded a maximum of 16 credits in nursing from CWC.
- Successful completion of NURS 1400 (LPN Transition) will award 2 credits.
- The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to advanced placement in the third semester of the program:
- General Biology with lab (4 credits)
- English Composition I (3 credits)
- Math 1400 or higher (3 credits)
- Psychology (4 credits)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits)
- LPN Transition (2 credits)
- All remaining courses required for the ADN degree must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better prior to graduation from the program, including
- English Composition II (Business Communications or Technical Writing may be substituted) (3 credits)
- American & Wyoming Government (3 credits)
- Applicants who wish to transfer college-level credit from other schools must make arrangements for official transcripts to be sent directly to the records office at CWC prior to March 1 for consideration for advanced placement in the fall semester.
- Advanced placement is at the discretion of the nursing director and faculty, and is dependent upon space available and adequate clinical resources.
What is a Nursing Assistant?
Nursing assistants, sometimes called nurse aides, are important members of the healthcare team. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an individual who has successfully completed a state board approved training program and has passed the state licensing examination.
As a nursing assistant, you will work under the supervision of nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide direct care to patients in a variety of settings. Nursing assistants are the primary caregivers in meeting the day-to-day needs of patients. They play a significant role in relaying information about the condition of patients to members of the healthcare team.
Who Can Enroll?
The nursing assistant course at CWC is available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Becoming a nursing assistant could be a stepping stone for continuing your education and becoming an RN or seeking out other types of healthcare careers.
When is the Nursing Assistant Course Offered?
Courses are offered in Riverton, Jackson, and Thermopolis. Please contact the nursing office at the college for a current schedule of course offerings. The course is not restricted to a semester-length schedule, which makes offerings more opportune. It doesn’t take long to become a nursing assistant and you will continue to learn once you find employment
How Do I Register?
For registration assistance, contact an academic advisor at 307-855-2270. You may also contact the nursing office at 307-855-2136 or the Jackson outreach office at 307-733-7425.
Most nursing assistant courses are four to six weeks in length and the cost is affordable. Some community agencies may offer assistance with the costs of completing a course. Additionally, some employers may pay for your training or reimburse you upon successful completion. At times, the agency that provides clinical opportunities for nursing assistant students will offer employment to students who demonstrate ability.
Cost considerations include tuition and fees, textbook and workbook, stethoscope, bandage scissors, scrubs, immunizations, background check, drug test, CPR card, and certification fees upon completion of the course. There may also be costs associated with travel to clinical sites.
You will attend a classroom learning environment prior to receiving hands-on patient care experience in a clinical setting. The classroom and laboratory components comprise 40 hours. Additionally, there will be out-of-class assignments or homework requirements. The clinical component is 36 hours of actual patient care in a clinical agency where you will be under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.
Basic Life Support Certification
The student must successfully complete the HeartCode® BLS course by the American Heart Association. This is taught during class time. Certification is good for two years from the issue date. You will not be allowed to attend clinical without current BLS certification.
Immunization requirements vary among clinical agencies and the student is expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the respective agency. A copy of your records must be presented to the instructor prior to the first clinical date. Check with your instructor for exact requirements, which may include: TB skin test, MMR, Tdap, hepatitis B, varicella, and seasonal influenza.
Background Check and Drug Test
Clinical agencies require students to undergo a drug test and criminal background check from the designated vendor prior to clinical assignment. More information is provided on the first day of class.
Upon successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to submit an application to the Wyoming State Board of Nursing for licensure as a certified nursing assistant. The certification examination is conducted monthly at various test sites throughout the state. Your instructor will provide you with scheduling information. The Wyoming State Board of Nursing determines eligibility to take the certification examination and is responsible for the oversight of nursing in the state of Wyoming. Successful completion of the nursing assistant course does not guarantee certification.
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Meet your faculty
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Anne brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to the classroom.
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Liz has a strong background in acute care in rural settings and has spent a lot of time mentoring new nurses.
Terry brings more than 33 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings.
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Anna is a nursing instructor at the CWC outreach center in Jackson, Wyoming.
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